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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 462

Papers of Andrée Collard, 1959-1989


Papers of Brandeis University professor, Andrée Collard.


  • Creation: 1959-1989

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Folders or items containing information about faculty tenure and promotion are closed until the likely death of the person in question. So too are recommendations for students and colleagues.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Andrée M. Collard is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1.04 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes)

The bulk of the collection focuses upon Collard's career at Brandeis University. The records of the Committee on the Status of Women document its work in pointing to the differential treatment accorded men and women at the university, and the departmental correspondence highlights Collard's disputes with the dean and other faculty members regarding salary, course proposals, and other conditions of employment. The records of the Educational Policy Committee trace the growing momentum towards the establishment of a women's studies program. Documents containing information about faculty tenure and promotion are closed until the likely death of the person in question. So too are recommendations for students and colleagues.

Other papers include contracts and correspondence about employment, reviews by Collard, grant applications, records of the Womens Social Scientists Group and Boston Area Women Social Scientists, and an account book for the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Women. Also included is material concerning theology professor Mary Daly's 1989 dispute with Boston College over her promotion to full professor.

Addenda (2001-M158) were added to the collection in March 2013 and consist of index cards probably of Boston NOW members (#36).


Born in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium, Andrée M. Collard came to the United States in 1950 on a Marshall Plan scholarship. She received her B.A. (Mexico City College, 1951) and M.A. in Romance literature (Universidad Nacional de México, 1955). She became a United States citizen in 1955, and worked as a translator/interpreter on Wall Street and as a teacher before returning to graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in Romance literature from Harvard in 1964.

Collard was on the faculty at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, from 1962 until her death in 1986. She taught courses in Spanish, comparative literature, and, as interest in women's studies began to grow, advocated the establishment of a Women's Studies program, and developed new courses such as Portrayal of Women in Literature, Myths of Origin and the Development of Patriarchy, and Women in Patriarchal Culture. A founding member of the Boston chapter of the National Organization for Women (she served as treasurer in 1969), Collard chaired the faculty committee to investigate the status of women at Brandeis. She was also director of a Carnegie-funded project to set up an office at Brandeis for undergraduate women to explore career options (1974-1975).

Collard was the author of Nueva Poesía: Cultismo, Culteranismo en la Crítica Espanola (1967), the translator and editor of Bartolomé de las Casas, History of the Indies (1971) and (with Joyce Contrucci) Rape of the Wild: Man's Violence against Animals and the Earth (published posthumously in 1988), as well as numerous articles and reviews.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 97-M93; 2001-M158

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Joyce Contrucci in July 1997 and in September 2001.


Donor: Joyce Contrucci

Accession number: 97-M93

Processed by: Anne Engelhart

The following items have been removed from the collection and returned to Joyce Contrucci in February 2000:

  1. Duplicate reports, correspondence, grant proposals, syllabi, etc.
  2. Statements, guidelines, publications from other organizations, many re: sex discrimination, and clippings and other printed material re: women's liberation and sexual stereotyping, etc.


  1. Box 1: 1-14
  2. Box 2: 15-21, 26-23, 27
  3. Box 3: 28-36

Processing Information

Processed: September 1999

By: Anne Engelhart


Collard, Andrée, 1926-1986. Papers of Andrée Collard, 1959-1989: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Joyce Contrucci.

Repository Details

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